NATIONAL EMERGING ART PRIZE WINNER 2021
Andrea won the inaugural National Emerging Art Prize in 2021 and this show is a result of this accolade. She has also been a finalist in the Darling Portrait Prize 2020, Ravenswood Art Prize 2020, The John Leslie Art Prize 2018 (Best Gippsland Landscape winner), Clyde & Co Graduate Art Prize 2016 (winner), the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2014 and the Nillumbik Prize 2013. After returning to university in 2014, Andrea finished both her BFA and MFA at RMIT (Melbourne) in 2018 and has focused on refining her work and building a strong art practice ever since. Andrea’s work is held in the Gippsland Art Gallery’s permanent collection and of course Morgan’s Financial Art Collection in Sydney with the inaugural NEAP winning piece ‘Flossie’.
“‘A Day Just Like Today’ is a thoughtful reflection on the last couple of years of having to simplify daily life and look more closely at our immediate surroundings for joy and a greater soulful meaning. Even though the people depicted are from mid last century, they are enjoying the simple pleasures and quiet moments which many of us have rediscovered the value of recently. I was isolated on our country property for a lot of my COVID life and had to seek out ways to feel uplifted in my basic daily routines. Feeling the sun on my face, wearing a favourite piece of clothing, my animals (big and small), and especially the thrill of finally seeing friends and family and enjoying being out in the world again.”
SOLO EXHIBITION: AUGUST 2022